320. The great forerunner of the morn

1 The great forerunner of the morn,
the herald of the Word, is born;
and faithful hearts shall never fail
with thanks and praise his light to hail.

2 With heavenly message Gabriel came,
that John should be that herald's name,
and with prophetic utterance told
his actions great and manifold.

3 His mighty deeds exalt his fame
to greater than a prophet's name.
Of woman-born shall never be
a greater prophet than was he.

4 To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One,
praise, honour, might, and glory be
from age to age eternally.

Text Information
First Line: The great forerunner of the morn
Translator: John Mason Neale (1818-1866) (alt.)
Author: The Venerable Bede (673-735)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: John the Baptist; Other Saints and Festivals: The Birth of John the Baptist; Prophets (2 more...)
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) (alt.)
Meter: LM
Key: C Major
Source: Melody from Schumann's Geistliche Lieder, 1539

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